Feasts For The Eyes

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

This season’s Mountain Bluebirds have arrived. I followed one around while trying to take a photo with my cell phone as the bright fellow hopped mostly beyond camera range. The bird I watched hunted for a while near a busy Robin, and each did its work undisturbed by the other’s close presence. No surprise, for bluebirds are members of the thrush family and thus closely related to Robins.

Last year, a pair of bluebirds built a nest inside my barn and slightly above where I enter and exit while working. They watched me closely, but not seeming particularly bothered by my nearness to their nest. I very carefully remained as quiet and nonthreatening as possible. The two were a hardworking team, taking turns hunting and watching their nest. While caring for their eggs, the two alternated hunting and nest-setting. After the babies emerged, both parents stayed busy, and I loved hearing cheeping sounds from that nest.

I hoped that this year the original pair or at least one of their offspring would nest-build in my barn, but not so. They’re nearby though, high in trees except for hunting expeditions. Often they’re sitting quietly and watching me closely, same as last year.

The beautiful males sport more blue feathers than the females whose undersides are somewhat tan. In previous years, I’ve seen blues with red bellies that suggest their close relationship to Robins. I’m wondering if the blue- and red-bellies alike are members of the same batch. One or two Blues in an area suggests the presence of many more as they tend to migrate in flocks, and this year I’ll be alert to see whether reddish bellies are in the mix.

Dear Friends, some of the loveliest beings enter with spring. Diana

One thought on “Feasts For The Eyes

  1. Beautiful little birds. We find them fascinating, too.

    On Wed, Apr 17, 2019 at 6:43 AM Diana’s Morning Blog wrote:

    > trailriderincentraloregon posted: ” Wednesday, April 17, 2019 This > season’s Mountain Bluebirds have arrived. I followed one around while > trying to take a photo with my cell phone as the bright fellow hopped > mostly beyond camera range. The bird I watched hunted for a while near a > bus” >

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